Russian League, Round 25
April 26, 2015
Zenit 1 – 0 Arsenal Tula
Goal: Witsel 17
St.Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium
Zenit: Lodygin – Smolnikov, Garay, Lombaerts, Criscito (46 Anyukov) – Javi Garcia, Ryazantsev, Witsel – Shatov (67 Rondon), Hulk (86 Arshavin), Danny (c)
Arsenal: Mucha – Khagush (46 Ryzhkov), Sukharev, Andrey Vasilyev, Yershov (46 Sergey Kuznetsov) – Lozenkov, Tesak, Smirnov, Kascelan, Zotov, Kutyin (58 Maloyan)
Danny - Hulk - Shatov
Witsel - Ryazantsev
Criscito - Lombaerts - Garay - Smolnikov
Total domination by Zenit in the first half. Witsel headed in Hulk’s cross from a free kick about 15 minutes into the game. The hosts then created a few more opportunities thanks in particular to Zenit’s man of the match Danny who had an excellent game, but could not convert them. Danny’s contract with the club is expiring and the Portuguese is trying to negotiate a new deal; hopefully this doesn’t work out.
In the second half Tula played much better than in the first but even though the hosts were tired after their tough schedule of the last few weeks they still proved too strong for the visitors and held on to their minimal advantage.